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African-American Boys and Sports
A literature review on African-American boys and their socialization into youth sports.
# 62229 | 3,938 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Nov 15, 2005 in Education (Physical) , Sport (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper acknowledges how there are issues to be raised, considered and confronted concerning the socialization of young African-American boys into the world of sports. Is it a good idea, for example, when black parents vigorously encourage their child to excel in sports, in the hopes that the child will go on to a lucrative professional career? And, when young boys get involved heavily in sports activities, do they get into sports to the detriment of their scholastic careers? This paper reviews the literature that focuses on these issues.
Literature Review

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"Michael Lomax is an assistant professor in the sport management program at the University of Georgia; his research specialization is in "race and sport." Lomax, meanwhile, bases his published commentary on an article in the same issue of the journal, Society (Lomax, 2000) written by the highly respected sports sociologist Harry Edwards, and featured just above this paragraph. Edwards, according to Lomax, believes too many "black families have had a tendency to push their children toward sport career aspirations, often neglecting other important areas of personal and cultural development." Edwards, whom Lomax challenges on this issue, "contextualizes the environment under which black youths live," Lomax writes, in terms of pointing out that black youths are "institutionally, culturally, and interpersonally disconnected." "

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